8 January 2018
DYNAMOS captain Ocean Mushure wants the club to pay at least half of what they owe him before he can put pen to paper.
Mushure, a key player for DeMbare in the 2017 season, is out of contract and negotiations for a new agreement hit a snag after DeMbare could not clear what they owe him in terms of sign on fees and bonuses.
It is believed the figure he is owed stands at US$28 000 now and yesterday the free-kick specialist told H-Metro that if he can get half the amount as a starting point, he will agree to a new deal.
“As things stand, I’m waiting on the club to come forward and clear part of what they owe me. At least if I can get half of it, it will be fair. We can then start to talk about a new deal. So as things stand, there is nothing to talk about,” Mushure said.
Mushure is not the only player affected.
DeMbare also have to resolve contracts for Tichaona Chipunza who is already being lured by other rival teams and that of youngster Peace Makaha.
The departure of such players, who were key in Lloyd Mutasa’s 2017 campaign as they finished runners up in the league race, will be steps backwards.
The current crisis is however set to be resolved by the imminent coming on board of sponsor NetOne, who will also sponsor the other two traditional giants, CAPS United and Highlanders, as revealed by H-Metro on December 13, 2017.
The arrangement is that in the yearly package, believed to be US$350 000 per year for each of the teams, US$50 000 will be set aside for sign on fees.
It is against that background that DeMbare are optimistic that they will retain their captain and other players out of contract.
Asked if there are other teams that have tried to take advantage of the situation, Mushure said: “Yes, there are enquiries from other clubs as always. But I have not decided on anything as yet as I need to resolve this first. I’m hoping there will be a solution soon.”
Fears for Dynamos were that rivals CAPS United, who are rebuilding after the departure of a number of players, could take the opportunity and pounce.
ZPC Kariba are another team believed to have been interested in the left back and made enquiries.